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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   VMware Vendors:   VMware
VMware Workstation Pro/Player ALSA Sound Driver Insecure Library Loading Lets Local Users on the Host System Obtain Root Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1038525
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1038525
CVE Reference:   CVE-2017-4915   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 19 2017
Impact:   Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): Workstation Pro and Workstation Player 12.x
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in VMware Workstation Pro/Player. A local user on the host system can obtain root privileges on the host system.

A local user on the host system can exploit an insecure library loading flaw in the ALSA sound driver configuration files to gain root privileges on the host system.

Jann Horn of Google Project Zero reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user on the host system can obtain root privileges on the host system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (12.5.6).

The vendor advisory is available at:

http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2017-0009.html

Vendor URL:  www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2017-0009.html (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any)

Message History:   None.


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